How to Move to Germany Without a Job?

Get Started, Move to Germany

Want to move to Germany but haven’t found a job yet? No problem, there are plenty of opportunities in the economic center of Europe even if you don’t have a job offer. European and non-EU citizens can come to Germany and fulfill their goals.

Yes, it’s possible to settle in Germany if you don’t have a job. How easy it will depend on your country of origin, if you come from the EU/EEA country, simply travel to Germany and see there what do you want to accomplish next. Non-EU/EAA citizens need a visa for entering the country.

Moving to Germany without a job isn’t easy especially for people outside of the EU. It highly depends on your motivation, future plans, education, and knowledge of languages.

Best opportunities for moving to Germany without a job

Germany is the perfect place to be for foreign workers. Whatever your background, they have a job for everyone.

Ask yourself a few questions before to start anything. Do you speak German or ready to learn it? What is your professional experience in your area of expertise, or maybe you want to become self-employed?

First, we need to make a separation for European and non-European nationalities who are planning to come to Germany. Reason for this that regulation will be significantly different for each of them.

People from:

  1. EU countries – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.
  2. The European Economic Area (EEA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway
  3. Switzerland

don’t need either apply for a visa to travel to Germany or work permit. They are equal to Germans and have the same rights to stay there, working, studying and starting a business.

If you are EU/EEA citizen you can just move to Germany without any reason and permission.

Everyone else needs a visa to enter Germany with an exception for Australians, Americans, South Korean, Canadians, Japanese and some other. They are allowed to apply for a long term visa already in Germany.

However, early or later ALL non-EU nations will need to get a German residence permit and working permit after arrival in order to work in Germany.

Whether or not you can get a residence permit will depend on your qualifications and the sector you want to work in.

It may be hard to get a residence permit to work in Germany, but it is not worth being tempted to work in Germany illegally.

You want to find a job in Germany

Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world, so there are plenty of jobs in Germany for foreigners with skills and qualifications, as well as for casual workers.

It is also possible to find English-speaking jobs in Germany, although small knowledge of German will help you a lot. For now, there are around 2.5 million people from EU countries who are already working in Germany and they somehow made it, so will you.

Start your job search

This information relates to EU/EEA nationals and citizens of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, they can travel freely to Germany and search for work within the country.

Citizens from Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, and the US can also come to Germany without a visa, however, they must apply for a German residence and work permit from their local foreigners Authority (Ausländerbehörde).

It can be difficult for foreigners looking for jobs in Germany, especially if you are restricted to English-speaking jobs in Germany.

However, if you are well qualified with a degree or vocational qualification, have work experience and can speak at least some German, you stand a good chance of finding a job in Germany, especially in certain sectors with German worker shortages.

Find your job with the best salary on the market under, this job search engine gives you an estimated wage for all job positions.

Where to look?

The most important step in this process it’s actually to find a job. Here I collected resources that you need to find a desirable position.
Almost all jobs in Germany could be found at recruitment websites (Jobbörsen), or on companies’ websites.

Job portals and company website: Maybe you already know the company you would like to work for? Many German companies publish open vacancies separately on their website. The job sections are usually called “Stellenangebote”, “Karriere” or “Vakanzen”.

Small and medium-sized companies will have their websites mostly in German but they are an important part of the German economy, so check out those in your field. Most big international companies will advertise on their company websites in both English and German.

Top German companies for international workers include Adidas, Aldi, BASF, Bayer, BMW, Mercedes, Bosch, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, E.ON, Lidl, Merck, SAP, Siemens, and Volkswagen.

Most popular websites:

Other helpful resources:

For people with a high degree:

  • Academics  – academic and research jobs
  • Jobware – management and specialist
  • Staufenbiel – internships and graduate jobs
  • Stepstone – includes internships and graduate positions


If you are living  or you are staying temporarily in Germany, there are additional ways of looking for a job:

Newspapers: Many German newspapers publish job vacancies from all over the country in their weekend issues. 

Local employment agencies (Agentur für Arbeit): The mission of employment agencies is to help people in their search for a job. You can find a local employment agency in nearly all towns and cities in Germany.

Talent profile: Take positive action yourself by publishing your own job ad on the Internet, on business networks, on the Federal Employment Agency’s job portal or other job portals. Interested companies will then respond to your advertisement. 

Job fairs (Job Messe): In each city, job fairs organized regularly, often at fair halls, public places or universities. There you will have the opportunity to make direct contact with companies.

Personnel recruitment agencies: Another alternative is to use the services of private recruitment agencies. These look for suitable jobs on your behalf. If you decide to use the service of a private recruitment agency, please inform you in advance whether fees apply.

Friends and family: If some of your friends or family members already had the experience of working in Germany, they can share helpful information and important contacts.

English speaking jobs

Working in Germany in English is possible, however, you will be limited by employment in big international companies or some English speaking jobs, such as teacher and tutor.

Once again it strongly depends on your skill set, for some professions lack of german isn’t an issue, for example in the IT sector, which doesn’t require much interaction with customers.

You might be lucky to find a big international company, which has a presence abroad for example in the USA. Also, tourism might offer a wide range of jobs for English speakers.

Your situation is highly dependent on:

  • Your skills and work experience
  • The industry or career you hope to work in
  • Where in Germany you’re living (or where you hope to relocate to)


Your chances of finding a job will be generally higher if you have a highly demanded skill which doesn’t require much interaction with customers and such. IT jobs might suit very well in this case. All professions in the shortage list offer great opportunities for foreigners who willing to work in Germany, even if they don’t speak the local language.


Tourism can offer English speakers a wide range of jobs. As well as the IT sector, Engineering, Scientific Research. English tutors and college professors are most welcomed in Germany.


Berlin is great for expats, as it is by far the largest city in the country and probably the most international not only socially but also professionally. It has a high concentration of Start-ups and international companies and many of them use English for daily work.

Secondly, you can have a look at Munich yet another English-Friendly city to work in Germany. Great place for accounting, finance, and engineering.

Thirdly, Hamburg – the third biggest city in Germany, located on the river Elbe. The city is known as a hub of technology and industry, meaning that English will be at least a bit more commonly spoken here than in other regions of Germany. You can receive a perspective job in manufacturing, technology, or medicine.

Finally, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt are financial cities and also have a significant amount of international workers.

List of Jobs will suit someone who doesn’t speak german:

High Degree Required

  • Software Developer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Social Media Manager 
  • Content writing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Customer Service (International)
  • English Teacher/Tutor
  • College Professor/Tutor

No Qualifications Needed:

  • City Guide
  • Waiter/Barkeeper
  • Courier
  • Translator
  • Freelancer
  • Flight Attendant
  • Pet Sitting
  • Babysitting
  • Cleaning

On these websites, you can see all available English speaking jobs in Germany:

  • The
  • Germany StartUp
  • Berlin Top

If you a native English speaker, you for sure have an advantage, but be aware that there are millions of foreigners come to Germany and search for English speaking job placement.

The offer is there, but it still not enough to cover all demand. Consequently, you compete with so many people. Also, the majority of the available working places are in German.

In most cases, there’s no need to worry about the local language if these criteria can apply to you or your plans in Germany:

  • Highly Skilled Professional
  • Teaching English
  • Tutorial teaching of English subject at university
  • IT
  • Tourism
  • Gastronomy
  • Job in International Company

Jobs without a degree

Get a well paid and perspective job without a degree isn’t an easy task. German salaries are one of the highest in the world, although the employer will try to save some money on poorly qualified workers.

To increase your chances get some qualifications and gain experience, so you can require a higher wage.

All of these professions don’t require a degree, but for most of them, you need qualifications, which can be completed either in Germany or your home country.

Here is the list of best paid NON-DEGREE JOBS and average starting salary:

  • Dental Hygienists – 3,300 EUR
  • Real Estate Agents – 3,000 EUR
  • Nurse – 2,900 EUR
  • Truck Driver – 2,500 EUR
  • Air traffic controller – between 6,000 and 8,000 EUR
  • Aircraft mechanic – 3,100 EUR
  • Bank clerk – between 2,500 and 2,900 EUR
  • Policeman – 3,300 EUR
  • Ship mechanic – 2,700 EUR
  • Biologielaborant – 2,700 EUR
  • Senior caregiver – 2,640 EUR
  • Mason – 2,400 EUR
  • IT specialist – 2,400 EUR
  • Investment fund manager –  between 2,300 and 2,500 EUR
  • A merchant insurance and Finance – 2,400 EUR
  • Media technologist – 2,800 EUR
  • Technical system planner and product designer – between 1,600 and 2,900 EUR
  • Social Security Specialist –  2,000 and 2,500 EUR
  • Physics laboratory technician –  2,200 EUR
  • Mechatronic – between 2,000 and 2,900 EUR
  • Administrative specialist – 2,000 EUR
  • Undertaker – between 1,900 and 2,200 EUR
  • Electronics Technician – between 1,600 and 2,000 EUR
  • Civil Servant (Bundesbank) – between 1,800 and 2,200 EUR

For more information check my post about how to get a job in Germany without a degree.

Get a job in Germany without work experience

It is possible, to receive a job without a degree, but it very depends on which job are you looking for, your language knowledge, skills, where have you studied.

Below you can see the best opportunities for finding a job in Germany without work experience:

  1. Internship. It’s a great start of your career, get to know the company and people from inside. Most times employers offer the fixed full-time job after you finish the internship.
  2. IT Industry. Many jobs that do not require an experience if you know how to code or other skills. German IT companies also open to hiring people from abroad.
  3. Service. You want to start your journey in Germany in Gastronomy or maybe tourism. Here you can easily find a job without previous experience.
  4. Apprenticeship (Ausbildung). Vocational training is a dual education system and another way to enter the labor market in Germany. Many Germans choose this path right after school since it’s not required experience at all. (Read below)

That’s pretty much all you need to know about your job search in Germany. Let’s move to other options, particularly for people outside of EU/EEA.

Get a Germany Job Seeker Visa

The job seeker visa for Germany is a Long-Term Residency Permit, which allows you to stay in the country for six months and look for a job.

This visa is an initiative by the German Federal Government to encourage qualified professionals from third countries (except for nationalities mentioned above) to enter the country, find a job of their choice and settle to work in the long-term.

Note that having a job seeker visa does not entitle you to take any kind of employment in Germany. It only means that you can visit the country, look for a job and go through interviews.

This option is suitable only for Non-EU/EEA citizens. Visa enables them to enter Germany and stay there for 6 months to look for a job. After the holder found a suitable job visa can be exchanged to a working residence permit.

By obtaining this visa, a skilled worker gets access to the German job market.

The main requirement for such a visa is higher education but from March 2020 also qualified workers (without a degree) can apply for this.

Best chances for Non-EU/EEA international professionals can be found in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based (STEM) professions.

Last year German companies were unable to fill 337,900 STEM vacancies and more than 1.2 million open vacancies in total.

The German government has been looking to draw people who qualify from India, Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil, and Vietnam, among others.

Job Seeker Visa for people without a degree

Originally Job Seeker Visa was created for people exceptionally with a high degree, but from March 2020 also professionals with a vocational training qualification can receive this visa. It will happen thanks Skilled Workers Immigration Act.

The main requirement is that foreign qualifications must be recognized in Germany or be equal to the German. And also a sufficient level of German language (B1) is necessary. Moreover, regulations for qualified professionals with university degrees will be more straightforward.

Before the Skilled Workers Immigration Act, you could only look for a job on a Job Seeker visa. You were not allowed to take any employment as such.

With the option for trial work to be incorporated from March 2020, Germany-based employers, as well as the foreign worker, will be able to find out if they are mutually suited to each other.

A prominent change to be introduced by the new act is that during the time spent in Germany for job-hunting, you will also be allowed to work on a trial basis. This means you can work for a maximum of 10 hours per week on a job seeker visa.

With the Skilled Workers Immigration Act coming into force in March 2020, Germany will undoubtedly become more attractive than ever for international workers from non-EU countries.


You are required to meet certain eligibility parameters to apply for a Germany Job Seeker visa. These include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in subjects related to STEM (from a recognized University)*
  • Sufficient funds to prove that you can stay in Germany without any financial dependency on government or any other body (853 EUR per month).
  • Medical Coverage plan (that takes care of your health-related expenses until you receive a Germany Work Permit)

*from March 2020 professionals with a vocational training qualification can also apply for this kind of visa.

Processing time for Germany Job Seeker visa takes 4 to 6 weeks, but can takes as long as 12 weeks.

Which jobs are in great demand in Germany? There is a great demand in Germany for occupations like

  • Aged care workers
  • Cooks
  • Nurses
  • Electrical engineers
  • Computer scientists
  • Metalworkers
  • Software developers
  • Mechatronics engineers

Who can apply for Germany Job Seeker Visa

High skilled citizens of Non-EU/EEA countries, who can proof of academic qualification and work experience, can apply for Germany Job Seeker Visa. Nationalities of Schengen states can enter the country, start the job search and take any employment without a visa.

From March 2020 also people with vocational training without the necessary 5 years of experience can apply for Germany Job Seeker Visa.

Foreigners from Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand or the USA will need a residence permit for work purposes. Yet they can enter country visa-free and stay up to free month eventually apply for the permit in Germany. So there is no need in Job Seeker Visa.

What is next after you have found a Job?

Applying for an EU Blue Card

To be able to get the EU Blue Card you must have an employment offer with at least 53,600 EUR annual gross salary. In case you are a specialist in the field of engineering, qualified communication or technology expert, medical doctor, and certain other shortage occupations the annual gross salary must be at least 41,808 EUR.

Permit will allow you to stay up to 4 years. After just 33 months working on the EU Blue Card, you can obtain a Permanent Residence Permit in Germany.

In case you prove sufficient German Language level (B1) – you can get this permit just after 21 months. Read here more about Permanent Residence Permit in Germany.

Germany Employment Visa

In most cases the employer will your sponsor, so you can apply for a German Employment Visa. You can get the Permanent Residence Permit after 5 years in Germany with an employment visa.

The length of this visa usually aligns with the length of your contract. So, if your contract is for two years, your visa will also be for two years. It is possible to extend an employment permit if your contract is extended as well or by receiving a new one.

It’s time to start your own business

Ready to start your own business in Germany? It is a great place to become an entrepreneur since the German economy is booming.

By opening your business you become self-sufficient without being at the mercy of the local jobs market and without necessarily needing to speak fluent German.

When can foreigners start a business in Germany?

There are certain regulations when foreigners want to start a company in Germany. First of all, it depends on whether the person comes from the EU or Non-EU/EEA countries, as there are considerable differences here.

It is also important to speak the German language in order to be able to master administrative procedures when starting a business in Germany.

For EU/EEA citizens:
People who come from the EU usually have it very easy to start a business in Germany.

They have certain freedoms that make it possible to establish a business in all member states if the framework conditions of the respective country are observed.

These freedoms are:

  • Freedom of settle down

belongs “to the fundamental freedom of the free movement of persons”. In principle, this gives an EU citizen the right to relocate within the EU and to settle and work in a freely chosen country.

  • Freedom of trade (Gewerbefreiheit)

is also referred to as” free entrepreneurship ” and gives you the fundamental freedom to engage in business. This means that everyone in all member states may establish a business if the framework conditions of the respective country are observed.

  • What also plays a role in opening a business by a foreigner from EU:
  1. Level of German and English
  2. Credibility to open this kind of business or become self-employed
  3. Business–Plan
  4. Prove of profitability, start capital
  5. Important reasons for founding

For non-EU/EEA citizens:

The drawback for non-EU/EEA is that they need a residence and work permit to be able to start a business in Germany. Main requirements are:

  • A valid residence and work permit with permission for self-employment
  • Trade permit
  • A credible business idea

Rules are quite tough for entrepreneurs outside of the EU. Your business idea will go through examination where the German government will decite if you can open a company in Germany and therefore receive a residence permit or not.

The examination will approve:

  • Economical or regional interested in your business
  • The amount of invested capital
  • If labor and education markets are affected by your business
  • Sustainability of the startup
  • The profitability of the startup

Most probably if it doen’t affects labor and education markets your business won’t be allowed. For example, you don’t offer enough working or apprenticeships places.

Keep in mind that you will most likely need to sell your product or service to the local market unless you are creating a location-independent online business. Before you start is recommended to take some legal advice from the local layer.

There are a few options on how you can work for yourself:

  • Freelance (Freiberufler)
  • Enterprise or Tradesman (Einzelunternehmer or Gewerbe)
  • Company
  1. Freelancer (Freiberufler)

Freelancer as you know people who self-employed, independent, offer some services, often working on several jobs for multiple clients at one time.

Freiberuf is characterized as a qualified, independent profession where you are an expert in. Life in Germany is much easier for freelancers than for business owners. But not every freelancer is a Freiberufler!

This title is reserved for specific professions in Germany such as engineers, doctors, lawyers, artists, architects, teachers, etc.only they can be called Freiberufler. Common jobs like food delivery driver or tour guide do not qualify as Freiberufler but as a Gewerbe what is next on our list.

  1. Tradesman (Einzelunternehmer/Gewerbe)

This is the most common self-employment form in Germany, due it’s easy staring prozess and low cost involved.

When becoming a solo proprietor an individual has unlimited liability for the debts and obligations that arise. Often online and small businesses fall in this category. 

This type of self-employment is divided into the following areas:

  • Industry
  • Handcraft
  • Publishing industry
  • A home-based business

The registration of trade is done quickly and simply. Compared to freelancers, tradesmen have a few special obligations:

  • They must register in the Handelsregister, the German Trade Register
  • They must apply for a Gewerbeschein (trade license) and pay 20 EUR the Gewerbesteuer (trade tax)
  • They will need to register the business with the tax office (Finanzamt)
  • They must use double-entry bookkeeping (Bilanz)
  1. Company

Companies are divided into 4 main forms:

  • GmbHLimited liability company
  • KG – Limited partnership
  • AGPublic limited company; Joint-stock company
  • Offene Handelsgesellschaft (OHG)General partnership

GmbH – is what are looking to opt, the most widely used business form, it is suited to small and medium-sized businesses.

Unfortunately starting capital must be at least 25,000 EUR from which 12,500 have to be deposited in a corporate bank account during the registration procedure. Meaning to start you need only 12,500 EUR.

The incorporation procedure is rather simple, as the shareholders of the company have to sign the deed of formation and the articles of association. The procedure is performed with the assistance of a public notary in Germany.  

KG – The limited partnership – to start a German limited partnership you need a capital of 50,000 EUR, which has to be split into shares. This type of company is more suitable for small and medium-sized businesses.

A KG has two kinds of partners:

1) the general partner (Komplementär), who has an unlimited liability extending to his or her personal assets, and

2) the limited partner (Kommanditist) whose liability extends only to his or her nominal holdings in the company.

The business has to be registered with the Trade Register and the articles of associations have to be notarized.

AGPublic limited company – also not rare cases in Germany, many big companies operate in this way. To start AG you need starting capital of 50,000 EUR and must be registered in the Register of Companies.

As an advantage for foreigners, there are no restrictions or requirements on the nationality of the shareholders.

OHGGeneral partnership – in order to start a general partnership in Germany, there is no need for capital. In contrast to GmbH and AG, the partners in an OHG have unlimited liability. A general partnership has to be registered with the Trade Register.

Accounting procedures are different and simpler than all other forms of company. Also, it is necessary to have at least two associated partners in order to start a general partnership. 

Now you have an idea about which kind of business you can start in Germany and what it will cost you.

Perhaps the biggest, and definitely the most obvious, obstacle to starting a business as a newly arrived immigrant is that you will not have access to any capital or financing from traditional sources of lending. Banks and other credit institutions will not lend to anybody without a credit history in Germany.

This shouldn’t stop you since you can loan money at your home bank or start a business that doesn’t require start capital.

Starting a limited liabilty company is not as straightforward as it is in the UK or US, or indeed many economically less developed countries. It requires a 25,000 EUR of starting capital! No wonder that the World Bank ranked Germany lower than Uzbekistan, Rwanda, and Colombia in the “ease of starting a business” category.


Freelancing will be the easiest and quickest way to make some money while living in Germany without a job. And I am not talking about German freelancer (Freiberufler), it is a different thing.

Some classical freelance work includes content writing, copy editing, marketing/PR services or social media marketing, business consulting, graphic design, photography, web development, virtual personal assistant and translation & interpreting.

You can work on clients from all over the world or choose German companies so you can introduce yourself personally.

This isn’t an option for everybody, but the opportunities are growing by the month, as more businesses are running online also companies embrace technology and learn to manage their teams online.

Freelancing in Germany is also a good option if you are young, single and less likely to require the safety net of the German social security system during your time living here, and especially if you see this as a temporary rather than a permanent move.

How to Find Freelance Work

Focusing on companies that are known to hire freelancers can be a great way to start your search for freelance work. Here are the top 10 platforms for freelancers:

  1. Kelly Services
  2. Real Staffing
  3. Kforce
  4. AFIRM
  5. Onward Search
  6. Dahl Consulting
  7. Ajilon
  8. Computer Futures
  9. Paladin
  10. Addison Group

If you want to learn German first

Program Au-Pair

Au Pair is a nanny who comes from another country to Germany for one year to learn German language and culture. It is a very popular way to travel and learn a language on the small budget, host family provides you roof above the head, food and an additional 260 EUR per month to travel around.

Costs for language courses normally split half-half between au pair and family. In return for all these good things Au Pair takes care of kids and does light housework, in total up to 30 hours per week. Good variant for young females, they can apply before turning 26 years.

Volunteering – Social Year FSJ/BDF

“My FSJ – volunteering experience”

The social year is a volunteer program for young foreign or German nationalities. They can spend up to 18 months in the country doing voluntary work in one of many German organizations.

Benefits are improving german though daily life and gaining some life experience. This was my choice after the Au Pair program, it also the easiest and cost-effective way to spend another year in Germany.

Social year visa does not require you to have either fund and accommodation, moreover, institution, where you will work, pays salary and sometimes accommodate. The maximum salary is 402 EUR plus the amount of your rent if the organization does not provide accommodation.

Usual places to work state organizations like hospitals, junior sports clubs, services for disabled people, preservation of historic monuments, ambulatory services, integration houses, civil protection and disaster management, church communities, children’s homes such as kindergartens.

Language Courses

You can obtain a visa for the German language course and come to Germany with a goal to learn german full time (otherwise you won’t get a visa).

A German language course visa is the type of educational visa issued for foreigners willing to complete an intensive language course (minimum of 18 hours per week) lasting 3 to 12 months.

A German language course visa is valid initially for three months, with the possibility to be extended up to your course length. This visa isn’t meant to be changed into a visa for studies, so, you have to leave Germany as soon as you complete the course.

An exception will be if you find a job that fulfills the criteria for obtaining a Blue Card or a residence permit during their language course studies.

If you’re moving to Germany without a job and you don’t yet speak German, an intensive language course is going to expand your horizons of finding a job and help you in the long run.

B2 level German would be considered a minimum to work in a company where the official business language is German, which is almost every company except those major multinationals which operate in an international environment.

You want to pursue a degree or get qualified first

Get enrolled at German university

Germany became one of the favorite countries in the world for international students. Many of them also stay after graduation to work in their fields. Germany is especially interested in foreign professionals who finished a degree within the country.

A student visa can be extended after completing a University for 18 more months! That way graduates for sure can find a job during this time. Additionally, students can work up to 20 hours per week during their studies.

The Bachelor program in Germany lasts 3 years and Master 2 years. Both of them are free for local and international students (150-300 EUR per Semester for administrative fee applicable).

All EU and Non-EU citizens can study in Germany for free if their previous education allows to do so, a high-school diploma must be enough.

In order to fulfill student visa requirements, you will also need to show proof that you access to around 8,700 EUR for a year of studies to cover your living costs.


For most subjects, you can apply directly to the international office of the university. Alternatively, you can use the website, a centralized admissions portal for international students, although not all universities use this. You may wish to apply for numerous courses and universities separately to increase your chances of being admitted.

At many German universities, it’s possible to apply for admission twice a year – in the winter or summer semester. In general, applications for winter enrolments need to be made by 15 July, and applications for summer enrolments by 15 January.

However, application deadlines vary between institutions, and the same institution may set different deadlines for each program – be sure to carefully check the specific dates for your chosen course. 

It’s recommended to submit applications at least six weeks before the deadline, to ensure you have time to submit missed documents. You should expect to receive a formal acceptance or rejection approximately one to two months after the deadline has passed.

Apply for Apprenticeship (Ausbildung)

“My time during children nurse Ausbildung”

Ausbildung is theoretical and practical training on the chosen occupation, where you go to school and work simultaneously. It is lasting between 2 and 3 years.

The most common jobs are various handicrafts, electrician, plumber, mason, painter or hairdresser, salesperson, etc. But often you will find an Ausbildung profession in almost all fields and industries.

During the process one part of your studies you will be working practically at the company/factory/firm/shop wherever you applied for and another part will be spent learning at Berufsschule (professional school).

The advantages of this type of education are that you won’t need to prove funds and will get paid while you are working, as well as for being in the school. At the same time getting qualified for your future job! To apply you must have at least a B1 level of German.

I started Ausbildung as a children’s nurse straight after completing Social Year but it wasn’t something for me to be honest. Before application inform yourself as much as possible about the profession as well as all pros and cons.


The disadvantage of this program is the pay which is pretty low and may not be enough to cover your rent and living expenses, especially if you live in a major city or in the south of the country.

And last options for desperate people

  • Get married
  • Move to your relatives who are living in Germany
  • Apply for asylum in Germany

Hope after reading this article you know, that the absence of a job offer isn’t a reason not to move to Germany. There are so many opportunities and nothing should stop you.

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